“Kilian is a class apart in the world of mountain and ultra running, but I can’t help but worry about this latest adventure. He’s going lightweight, without oxygen, for a speed record.
“We know he performs better than anyone else in the world in ultras at high altitude, but no one can be sure how he will be above 8000m.
Two of my favourite mountaineers were Joe Tasker and Pete Boardman, both extremely competent Himalayan mountaineers who never came back from Everest. I hope the project is a brilliant success, but even more I hope it’s an adventure he returns from, with a summit or not”.
“There are people who think it’s madness but for me the mountain is a space where everyone should be free to do what they think they can do. “